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Re: The Renovation of Skylark

Post by Raggy on Sat Jun 04, 2016 10:45 am

Thanks, cant speak dutch but I think I can understand that! I'll get google later!
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Re: The Renovation of Skylark

Post by HighlyJetted on Sun Jun 05, 2016 11:12 am

Some think about a beef burger and a funny shaped penis.

But my Dutch has never been any good.
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Re: The Renovation of Skylark

Post by Raggy on Sun Jun 05, 2016 12:48 pm

Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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Re: The Renovation of Skylark

Post by tornas on Sun Jun 05, 2016 1:20 pm

Ziet er zeker goed uit! Very Happy

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Re: The Renovation of Skylark

Post by scotia on Sun Jun 05, 2016 5:35 pm

dat ziet er goed uit man, daar mag je trots op zijn
that is looking good man, you can be proud of that
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Re: The Renovation of Skylark

Post by Raggy on Sat Jun 11, 2016 7:17 pm

Seeing as its got a little quiet on here recently thought I would post up the latest addition, a replacement radio (sound much better) and a clock for the dash which is froma Grand Move and it fits just snugly in the blank area in the dash.
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Re: The Renovation of Skylark

Post by Raggy on Fri Jun 17, 2016 8:35 pm

Last few bits that had been planned are now comming together, the curtains have just been finished and been put in.



Had the alloys refurbed as well so hope to get them on the van soon.

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Re: The Renovation of Skylark

Post by Raggy on Sat Jun 18, 2016 12:14 pm

Skylark now has new shoes! Suits her well!




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Re: The Renovation of Skylark

Post by Woodie on Sun Jun 19, 2016 8:33 am

Concours de Elegance definitely Raggy.  An absolutely superb restoration job. Great to see my old wheels refurbished and adorning yet another blue Hi-Jet. (see my Avatar)  Very Happy
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Re: The Renovation of Skylark

Post by scotia on Sun Jun 19, 2016 9:43 am

looking good dude Smile
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Re: The Renovation of Skylark

Post by HighlyJetted on Sun Jun 19, 2016 11:59 am

Is the Hijets "green lining " going to be some nice silk or maybe felt?
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Re: The Renovation of Skylark

Post by vangund@aol.com on Sun Jun 19, 2016 1:11 pm

I think it will felt like mud rather then silk

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Re: The Renovation of Skylark

Post by vangund@aol.com on Sun Jun 19, 2016 3:39 pm

Bless you!!

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Re: The Renovation of Skylark

Post by Raggy on Sun Jun 19, 2016 3:54 pm

Youre welcome, a friendly bunch on here Very Happy
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Re: The Renovation of Skylark

Post by PvdB on Fri Jun 24, 2016 12:12 pm

Hey Raggy, I've noticed that a post of mine never made it on your topic.

Just wanted to say that you did an incredible job! I showed it from begin to end to my dad en we're both very impressed by your work! Well thought out, great to see how inventive you were to fit all the things into the van. And great craftsmanship. Everything looks spot on!
Now it is time to enjoy your creation and relax a bit instead of doing all the hard work. (although the build is also very nice to do) You must be very satisfied when looking back to the project. I know I am with mine Wink
Big thumbs up for you man!!
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Re: The Renovation of Skylark

Post by Raggy on Fri Jun 24, 2016 3:52 pm

Thanks, yes very pleased with how its turned out, taken six months of weekends etc but well worth it, not quite finished, just a few bits and bobs to finish but arnt there always.
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Re: The Renovation of Skylark

Post by Raggy on Sun Jul 10, 2016 1:00 pm

Just finishing off a few jobs now all the major cosmetic work has been done. After putting on the new wheels, found out they just protruded past the wheel arch and when it was wet (which at the moment thats quite regular) the water tended to spray up the side of the van so after looking at alternatives for wheel arches I decided to try my luck with these from ebay Link and so far they are great, the sliding door just goes past no problem.







Just couldnt resist this purchase! Blue No.10 Pool ball gear knob, blue matchs the van, 10 is linked to my date of birth...fate...well thats my excuse and I'm sticking to it.


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Re: The Renovation of Skylark

Post by Logi on Sun Jul 10, 2016 4:37 pm

Looking good Smile
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Re: The Renovation of Skylark

Post by Raggy on Sun Jul 10, 2016 4:44 pm

Heading up to a highland near you soon! Off up to a friends cottage near Lochgiphead in a couple of weeks.
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Re: The Renovation of Skylark

Post by Logi on Mon Jul 11, 2016 6:12 am

Bring a midge net, the wee arseholes are particularly bad this year. Sad
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Re: The Renovation of Skylark

Post by scotia on Tue Jul 12, 2016 9:38 am

nice flares Smile
realy like the pool ball to.
i may steal that idea Smile
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Re: The Renovation of Skylark

Post by PvdB on Tue Jul 12, 2016 11:39 am

Great result! But didn't aspect half work from you Raggy. As always a nice job. And I agree with scotia, nice idea that pool ball Very Happy
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Re: The Renovation of Skylark

Post by Raggy on Tue Jul 12, 2016 7:04 pm

Here is the pool ball knob I got, the thread is M12x1.25 and needs to be 30mm deep
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Re: The Renovation of Skylark

Post by Raggy on Sun Jul 17, 2016 8:32 am

Decided that trying to change radio stations etc was a bit too difficult whilst driving so added this, much better now.
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Re: The Renovation of Skylark

Post by HighlyJetted on Sun Jul 17, 2016 11:43 am

Haven't seen one of those for about a decade!
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Re: The Renovation of Skylark

Post by Raggy on Sun Jul 17, 2016 12:51 pm

But still works beautifully! And for a van made 19 years ago its new technology. Very Happy
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Re: The Renovation of Skylark

Post by HighlyJetted on Sun Jul 17, 2016 10:57 pm

In 1999, they were the coolest thing ever, next to mini disks. And maybe an Astra GSi or a Calibra Turbo which had been given the max power treatment.
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Re: The Renovation of Skylark

Post by Raggy on Mon Oct 10, 2016 4:26 pm

Thought it was about time I updated this thread, not much done since the summer hols but have completed one job that a) annoyed me and b) found it would have been handy on holiday! When I bought the camper it had a hole in the rear door card so you could poke your finger in to activate the mechanism to open the door from the inside. More use when its a camper than when its a van I suppose. I just thought it was a bodge by a previous owner but after seeing photos it seems it was a feature! No my way at all so thinking cap on and realised that a door handle would work just as well. It only needed a small plate (ok part of the barrel of a biro) attaching to the end of the lever to give it more chance of striking the mechanism. Sprayed it up to match the van instead of being the sun bleached faded gray and job done. Now think the door handles may get the paint treatment. Keep watching to find out!




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Re: The Renovation of Skylark

Post by andy pyke on Wed Oct 19, 2016 3:01 pm

Damn...that's all so good! Wish I had the skills to do this sort of thing.

Well done Smile
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Re: The Renovation of Skylark

Post by Raggy on Wed Oct 19, 2016 6:23 pm

Here is the next addition to Skylark, a bit of bling or rather trying to make her look a bit more modern. As I had done the door handles in the van colour I decided to carry on with the colour theme to the speedo display surround and the heater/air vent surround. I had seen this done once before but everything had been painted, I just wanted to highlight with colour. Hope you like it.




Managed to get hold of an SE steering wheel as well to finish off the cab area. If anyone is interested the guy did still have the alloy wheels (ebay link)
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